The quantitative study of how fluids (gases and liquids) move.

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Is the wind's force on a stationary object proportional to $v^2$?

I am on a boat docked at Cape Charles, VA, about 30 or 40 miles from the center of Hurricane Irene. This understandably got me thinking about the force of wind on the boat. Since air friction is ...
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In a column of rising hot air, is the velocity higher at the top?

Since the movement of the air is induced by buoyancy, i. e. there's a constant force acting on the air, so I would expect the velocity to increase during ascent, much like an object falling down due ...
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How do I intuit viscosity in a rotating fluid?

Suppose I have two plates with a viscous fluid in between. I slide them in the same direction (a direction in their own plane), one at $5 \,\text{m/s}$ and the other at $6 \,\text{m/s}$. Due to the ...
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Explanation for the next steps of chaplygin dipole

this post is the Chaplygin dipole, it's an interesting issue. Can someone explain me these steps in other words please? any Explanation of any step will help me, I hope that together I will ...
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Why does a transformation to a rotating reference frame NOT break temporal scale invariance?

Naively, I thought that transforming a scale invariant equation (such as the Navier-Stokes equations for example) to a rotating reference frame (for example the rotating earth) would break the ...
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Why do air bubbles stick to the side of plastic tubing?

I'm watching water with air bubbles flow through transparent plastic tubing. The inner diameter is a few mm. Bubbles typically are the same diameter as the tubing, with length about the same or up ...
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Navier-Stokes system

I have to study this system which name is Navier-Stokes. Can you explain please what means that $p$, $u$ and $(u \cdot \nabla)u$. What represents in reality? Tell me please, how should I read the ...
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Could some design of a propeller be used in both air and water?

Propellers in water are smaller in diameter. They also move more slowly. On the other hand, aircraft propellers are larger in diameter, have narrower blades and operate at very high speeds. An ...
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What temperatures can be reached in an air-to-air thermocompressor nozzle and why?

People are generally of the opinion that the boiler injector cannot be redesigned to run on air. In other words, an air-to-air thermocompressor that puts fresh air into a tank without a mechanical ...
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Does gravity affects temperature reading of a mercury thermometer?

I remember when I was in primary school, the science teacher put me in charge of a mercury thermometer. I do not quite understand the mechanics behind except that mercury expands when it is hot and ...
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Concerning drag on a flow past a cylinder

I am wondering about the drag coefficient for a flow past a cylinder. I am reading this article. I understand why the drag is high to begin with (point 2), when the boundary layer separates and the ...
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Whats the anti-torque mechanism in horizontal take-off aircraft?

In most helicopters there is the anti-torque tail rotor to prevent the body from spinning in the opposite direction to the main rotor. What's the equivalent mechanism in horizontal takeoff single ...
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Exact Solutions to the Navier-Stokes Equations

There are a number of exact solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations. How many exact solutions are currently known? Is it possible to enumerate all of the solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations?
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Calculating the dimensional wall-normal coordinate for a self-similar compressible boundary layer using Levy-Lees transformation

How can I convert my self-similar boundary layer solution that is a function of the nondimensional wall-normal coordinate $\eta$ to be a function of dimensional $y$? For instance, if I determine from ...
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Why water in the sink follow a curved path?

When you fill the sink with water and then allow the water to be drained, the water forms a vortex.. And then it starts to follow a curved path downwards by effects of gravity.. Why this phenomena ...
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Multiple source Pipe Network: Given a known outflow, can we deduce the inflows?

I have the following simple Y shape water pipe network: Given $S_{out}$ ( in $m^3/s$), can we compute $S_1$ and $S_2$? For the pipe, we know for each pipe their corresponding diameter $d$, length ...
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Why do ice cubes come out easier from top trays?

This is my "hey, I've noticed that too!" question for the week. If you stack two plastic ice cube trays with water in them in a freezer, the resulting ice cubes in the top tray will usually come out ...
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Hot Air Balloon and Buoyancy

This is a conceptual question in a solution I am trying to understand. Problem statement: I have a balloon with a volume of V $m^3$. The outside air temp is $K$ kelvin and mass to lift is $m$ kg. I ...
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Work done by gravity on Water

Now according to me we would see change in potential energy of system and equate it to the work done by gravity. But when we see this the first column lowers by $H/2$ and right one rises by $H/2$ ...
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how to explain the upright force for the plane? [duplicate]

I remember in the high school physics, my teacher told us that the design of the plane wing is because we want the air above the wing flowing faster than the air flowing below so the pressure above ...
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How does an aeroplane maintain balance during maneuvers?

I understand the principle behind flight, how the lift is generated etc. What I don't understand is when there are maneuvers made where the plane flies such that the wings are in vertical plane, how ...
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Query about Bernoulli's principle

We know that the lower atmosphere has high pressure and as we go up, the pressure decreases, if it's so then why doesn't all gases fly up into the upper atmosphere from the lower following Bernoulli's ...
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Stripeless cleaning of windows

Cross post: http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/4377/22 Last week I was discussing with a friend how we thought the stripeless cleaning of windows is achieved when using a cleaner like Windex ...
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Rayleigh-Benard Convection

I found this nice paper about RB convection. However I am confused by what is going on page 6. In particular why we are suddenly using Helmholtz equation to find spatially periodic solutions. Aren't ...
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Physical interpretation of an intermittency definition

A random function $v(t)$ is said to be intermittent at small scales of its "Flatness" $F$, given as $$ F(\Omega) = \frac{\langle (v_{\Omega}^{>}(t))^4\rangle}{\langle ...
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Spinning liquid to create a centrifuge effect

I'm in the business of purifying used cooking oil. Normally, I heat the oil up and let it settle for a couple of days. Water and solids settle to the bottom and cleaner oil remains on top. I'm trying ...
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Why does dust stick to rotating fan propeller?

Why does dust stick to rotating fan propeller? Intuitively, most people (including I) think of the dust will not stick to rotating fan propellers. EDIT 1: Thank you for the great explanations. I am ...
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Could the Bernoulli effect be causing my ceiling to come down?

Very 'applied' question, but I have nowhere else to turn, so I'm asking the physics experts here: I have a carport whose ceiling is made of very lightweight paneling. I've had several times now that ...
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blood fluidics - can you determine the force exerted on a bound red blood cell under shear stress?

Is it possible to calculate the force exerted on a bound, infected red blood cell under various shear stresses? The strength of an adhesive interaction is normally measured by SPR or AFM, however ...
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where to find sample fluid stirring data?

I want to find some force data for fluid stirring. Originally I intended to record the data using my force sensor, but it doesn't have the resolution to read stirring force for Newtonian fluid. ...
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What causes acceleration of particles in the expansion section of a De Laval nozzle?

A De Laval nozzle has a compression section, where the propellant is compressed (and thereby accelerated) as it moves towards a narrow section (the throat). After the throat, the nozzle widens out ...
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Can a hovering helicopter travel half the globe in 12 hours? [duplicate]

Suppose we have a helicopter that is able to stay stationary in flight for extended periods of time. If such a helicopter stayed at point A in the sky for 12 hours straight, would it reach the other ...
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Is it wrong to associate non-isotropic flow high with Reynolds-Number and is there a better metric?

IT is often stated the flow with high Re is not isotropic, meaning there is no uniform or dominant direction of the flow. But this seems wrong to me - -while there's certainly cases where no dominant ...
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Why does tea rises in the pot but water don't?

I was wondering when I boil water in a pot it only shakes too much while boiling. But I could not figure out why tea rises in the pot when we boil it. it is also a liquid but it starts rising up till ...
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Best shape to reduce the splash of a droplet?

Our coffee machine catches the last couple of droplets, after your cup is removed on a shape to reduce plash of the coffee droplets. These shapes are placed inside the spill reservoir. The shape ...
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Conformal symmetry of Navier-Stokes?

This question is in reference to the paper arXiv:0810.1545 Can someone help understand this scaling argument and the proof(?) that there is a conformal symmetry in Navier-Stoke's equation? (..am I ...
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How to calculate the Darcy-Weissbach friction factor for shear thinning laminar flow in a pipe?

The Darcy-Weissbach friction factor for laminar flow would be $\frac{64}{Re}$ Now, having a shear thinning (non-newtonian) fluid where the viscosity is not constant how do I arrive at $Re$? To know ...
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Can anyone explain what a superleak is?

In the context of Helium can anyone explain what a superleak is and why it could be useful?
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When water is about to boil

Have ever noticed? When water is about to boil, no matters the kettle, there is some sound I have no idea where it comes from, sometimes long before it boils. Is there any explanation for this ...
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Wall pressure of a fluid flow in a pipe of variable radius

Using all cylindrical coordinates, pipe with z-axis vertically upward and radius of $r = G(z)$, flow is incompressible, inviscid and steady, Using appropriate boundary conditions I want to find the ...
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how to determine if a vortex is laminar or turbulent

In a cylindrical chamber with a high diameter-to-height ratio; a fluid is tangentially injected. there is an axial exit to the cylinder. how do I determine if the vortex so formed is laminar or ...
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Gravity duals to Navier Stokes and interpretation of non linear contributions

I have been reading the paper The Incompressible Non-Relativistic Navier-Stokes Equation from Gravity. In it they state, "An instability, if it occurs, must necessarily break a symmetry ... ...
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What does the quantification of causes and effect look like, for clouds in offshore wind turbine wakes?

At Horns Rev windfarm off the coast of Denmark, sometimes in winter, clouds appears in the wake of the turbines. I've only seen photos of the phenomenon when the wind direction is exactly aligned with ...
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Drag on a spinning ball in fluid

I am a physics newbie (high school level) and I am wondering what happens when a spherical object is spinning on the spot in a bunch of gas (no gravity here, just an imaginary physics sandbox). Am I ...
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Flux Over a Surface

I am teaching a multivariable calculus course and we are starting to go over surface integrals. I am a math professor with little knowledge of physics. At one point the book discusses fluid flow. ...
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Influence of choice of statistics on gas kinetics

In the derivation of distributions over energy states, a common assumption made is that under normal conditions (normal from a fluid dynamics standpoint, so > 300K typically) the energy states are ...
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Determine viscosity using falling sphere (Stokes Law, Ladenburg correction)

Introduction I am trying to determine the viscosity of a fluid. Therefore, I let a sphere of known mass m and radius r fall ...
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Velocity required for Horizontal Rain

Related to my previous question - Change in appearance of liquid drop due to gravity... Ok, I think we all have noticed this practical phenomena (a kind of illusion though)... During rain (while ...
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What do the dimensions of circulation mean, and how is circulation related to action?

The dimensions of circulation $\int_C \vec{v}\cdot d\vec{r}$ seem strange, but if you include (even a constant) density $\rho$, then $\int_C \rho\vec{v}\cdot d\vec{r}$ has dimensions the same as ...
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Bernoulli's theorem: $\frac{p}{\rho}+\frac{1}{2}u^2+\phi$ is constant along a streamline

I am trying to understand the Bernoulli's theorem: $\frac{p}{\rho}+\frac{1}{2}u^2+\phi$ is a constant along a streamline I got that: $\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}$ + ($\nabla \times u)\times u$ ...